Norway - Landscapes, People and History

12 - 18 May 2021
  • Cultural Tours

About the tour

Norway is a remote land possessing otherworldly beauty, ancient history and a thriving arts and cultural scene. Experience its Viking heritage and modern culture and hear its lovely music, ranging from classical to folk. Marvel at its magnificent landscapes, especially on a day trip to the fjordlands and during one of the world’s most scenic train journeys between Bergen and Oslo. Its people are self-contained with a strong egalitarian sense, although you will experience them at their most social during the vibrant National Day celebrations in Oslo.

Your tour leader

Picture of JBT tour leader, Sonya Owens

Sonya Owens

Sonya Owens is a highly personable guide, originally from Seattle, Washington.

Having graduated with a degree in European history, she travelled widely across Europe and relocated to Norway in 2002. With a broad depth of knowledge and a passion for bringing the history and culture of Northern Europe alive, Sonya is a guide with an exceptional ability to connect people with place. Her knowledge, passion and skill creates a truly memorable experience, enabling people to create their own personal history in the places they visit.

Sonya was a highly acclaimed local guide on our Kingdoms of the North tour, led by John Pearn in May 2019.

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Itinerary at a glance

  • Day 1 Bergen (Wednesday, May 12)
    Arrive in Bergen and transfer to the Hotel Thon Orion. Welcome dinner at the hotel
  • Day 2 Bergen (Thursday, May 13)
    Take a funicular up Mt Fløyen for magnificent views. Descend to meet the bus and drive out to visit the cottage and gardens of famous Norwegian composer, Edvard Grieg, and hear a concert of his music in his home. Return via an orientation tour of the city, seeing the official royal residence in Bergen, Gamlehaugen, set amidst beautifully landscaped grounds. Continue on foot to explore Bryggen, Bergen’s medieval wharf, which reflects its Hanseatic League heyday and visit Bergen Fortress. Dinner in Bryggenloftet in a traditional wharf building
  • Day 3 Bergen (Friday, May 14)
    Take a boat trip out of Bergen to visit the spectacular fjordlands, including Mostraumen. Return to the city and visit the Bergen Fortress, which tells the story of the city from the Vikings to the resistance. Option to take a private tour of the leprosy museum (subject to availability). Dinner at the hotel
  • Day 4 Bergen (Saturday, May 15)
    Mid morning departure to the train station to take one of the world's most spectacular rail journeys, from Bergen to Oslo on northern Europe's highest railway. The journey includes some of the most beautiful landscapes in Norway, ranging from low lands, through forests and past lakes and up towards the mountains - the highest point at Finse Station is about 1222 metres above sea level - continuing with views of fjords, waterfalls and rivers. Arrive in Oslo and transfer to the nearby Hotel Thon Opera, where you will have dinner.
  • Day 5 Oslo (Sunday May 16)
    Take the ferry to the Viking Ship museum with its collection of Viking arts and crafts and hear Norwegian folk music. Free time for lunch at museum café before visiting the Fram (Polar Exploration) Museum. Take the local ferry back to the hotel.
  • Day 6 Oslo (Monday May 17)
    Spend the day enjoying the festivities of Norway’s National Day (which commemorates the constitution and liberation of Norway) near the palace. There will be opportunities to eat at the outside cafes and stalls set up for the National Day. Return to the hotel. In the evening enjoy a farewell dinner at the renowned Frognerseteren Restaurant, high above Oslo.
  • Day 7 Oslo (Tuesday May 18)
    Depart Oslo after breakfast.

Tour cost

The cost of the tour is USD $2,464 per person sharing

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